You have had the opportunity to read several audit and billing articles in the BCMJ over the past several months. In addition to providing this information, the Patterns of Practice Committee provides a range of support, including:
- Scrutinizing MSP processes of detecting and deterring inappropriate billing (rules, methodology, communication with physicians, etc.).
- Providing a forum for physicians who wish to raise their concerns about the audit process (post audit).
- Providing feedback on the audit practices employed by the Billing Integrity Program (length of time, communications, etc.).
The new Doctors of BC website now contains information on the audit process and much more. Check out the new Billing and Audits section at www.doctorsofbc.ca/resource-centre/physicians/billing-audits.
The Patterns of Practice Committee is a joint committee of Doctors of BC and the Medical Services Commission (MSC) and acts in an advisory capacity to the MSC. The committee's primary objectives are to provide economic peer review for the medical profession in British Columbia, to monitor patterns of practice and billings, and to provide education that will encourage appropriate patterns of practice and billing in adherence to the requirements of the MSC Payment Schedule and the Doctors of BC Guide to Fees.
--Keith J. White, MD
Chair, Patterns of Practice Committee
This article is the opinion of the Patterns of Practice Committee and has not been peer reviewed by the BCMJ Editorial Board. For further information contact Juanita Grant, audit and billing advisor, Physician and External Affairs, at 604 638-2829 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Above is the information needed to cite this article in your paper or presentation. The International Committee
of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommends the following citation style, which is the now nearly universally
accepted citation style for scientific papers:
Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002;347:284-7.
About the ICMJE and citation styles
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- Page numbers are not abbreviated.
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